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One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching Christmas movies and shows.  I love the feelings of nostalgia that the Claymation shows, like The Year without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, evoke.  I also enjoy favorites from not as many years gone by, such as Elf, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s […]

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In the mid-90s, I watched an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that focused on gratitude journals.  I don’t recall the specific details, other than Oprah was passionate about the power of writing in a gratitude journal.  Back then, I knew two things.  One, when Oprah talked, millions of people listened, myself included.  Two, I had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis […]

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Last week’s blog post, Gratitude Gone Wrong, addressed how sometimes gratitude is misused to deflect or minimize other emotions and to avoid dealing with difficult situations.  This week, let’s shift gears to explore how we can practice gratitude in better ways. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for the Thanksgiving season.  Feeling grateful can shift our perspective and boost our mood […]

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One of the reasons I love November is that it is a month dedicated to gratitude.  As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., we spend the days and weeks leading up to it giving thanks for what we have and expressing our gratitude to others.  It’s definitely a feel good time of the year.  What about when […]

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Sunday is set aside as a day of rest.  Or at least, it is supposed to be.  Sometimes, Sunday is used to catch up on things left undone from the previous week and/or to prepare for the upcoming week.  It also is a day that can be riddled with anxiety, thanks to the Sunday scaries. One day of […]

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Lately, I have been saying aloud, to myself, to my husband, to my cats and to anyone else who might be within earshot, this simple phrase.   I am so happy. This statement pops into my head and out of my mouth, both randomly, and in response to something that has evoked feelings of happiness or joy.   I […]

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